Bryan Robson has been impressed by the ‘strong squad’ which José Mourinho has created at Manchester United, with the Reds suffering from a number of injuries currently.
‘Captain Marvel’ was talking about a serious injury sustained by star midfielder Paul Pogba, which may rule the Frenchman out until mid-November.
Pogba suffered a hamstring injury 19 minutes into his UEFA Champions League debut for Man United, as he captained the side at Old Trafford. He had been in fantastic form.
But Robson is impressed by the options that Mourinho has provided himself with good transfer business.
Speaking for Vauxhall at Toddington’s Warehouse’s 50th anniversary, Robson said, “you can do without one of your better players being injured right early on in the season.”
“But this is what happens and that’s why you need to have a strong squad and that’s what Jose has put together.
“We’ve got people like Michael Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera – these sort of people to go in there and fill in for somebody like Pogba when he’s injured.
“Those are real capable players, they proved it last year when they won a couple of trophies.
“Maybe two years ago if Paul Pogba was part of the Man United team and he got injured, you’d go, ‘Oh no, who is going to replace him?’, because the squad wasn’t really that strong.
“But since Mourinho has been here, he has built the squad up and the team, so we can cope with some of the better players being out and the lads can still get on with it and win games.”
Robson is correct. United are yet to truly miss Paul Pogba, despite his incredible quality. Granted, certain scorelines may have been of a bigger margin, certain performances would likely have been better with the 24-year-old.
However, Mourinho and United have coped well without him so far. The real test is coming up, with games against Liverpool and Chelsea that Pogba is almost certain to miss.
Who will play in midfield alongside the brilliant summer signing Nemanja Matić is still to be found out, though Marouane Fellaini is earning the plaudits recently with consistently reliable performances, topped off by four goals for the Reds already this season.